Kenyan president signs controversial cyber-crimes law May 17, 2018 0 35 12345 AFPNAIROBIKENYAN President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday signed into law a sweeping cyber-crimes act criminalising fake news and online bullying, with clauses that critics argue could stifle press freedom.The bill imposes stiff fines and jail terms for hacking, computer fraud, forgery of data, cyber espionage, publishing child pornography or sending pornographic content via any electronic means. However, bloggers and media rights activists have expressed alarm over a clause which criminalises the publication of"false, misleading or fictitious data."Punishment for this can be a fine of $50,000 (42,000 euro) or up to two years in prison, or both.The Committee for Protection of Journalists (CPJ) last week urged Kenyatta not to sign the bill, arguing it would make it easy for authorities to gag journalists publishing information they dislike."Kenyan legislators have passed a wide-ranging bill that will criminalise free speech," said CPJ's Africa coordinator, Angela Quintal. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Korean spy film screens at Cannes while real-world plot thickens May 17, 2018 0 395 North Korea threatens to cancel summit over US 'provocations' May 17, 2018 0 48 Philippine senators ask Supreme Court to invalidate Duterte's ICC withdrawal May 17, 2018 0 39 Philippines lifts ban on workers heading to Kuwait AFP MANILA THE Philippines on Wednesday lifted its ban on migrant workers heading to jobs in Kuwait, capping a diplomatic row sparked when a murdered Filipina maid was found in her employer's freezer. The news comes .. Indonesia police shoot dead four men after attack on Riau HQ JAKARTA Indonesian police shot dead four men on Wednesday after they used samurai swords to attack officers at Riau police headquarters in Pekanbaru, Sumatra, a police spokesman said. The men had driven their car into .. United Nations extends African peace mission in Somalia NEW YORK: A UN-backed peacekeeping mission in Somalia, which faces attacks by an Al Qaeda affiliate, received unanimous Security Council backing on Tuesday until July 31. The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), .. Suspected militants free abducted police officers in Philippines MANILA Suspected Muslim militants on Wednesday freed two female police officers abducted more than two weeks ago in the southern Philippines police said. The officers were turned over to aides of the provincial .. Malaysian police 'raid' former PM Najib's home REUTERS KUALA LUMPUR At least a dozen armed policemen entered the home of ousted Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak late on Wednesday after he returned from prayers at a mosque, Reuters witnesses said. State news .. Congo receives first doses of Ebola vaccine amid outbreak REUTERS KINSHASA THE first batch of 4,000 experimental Ebola vaccines to combat an outbreak suspected to have killed 20 people arrived in Congo's capital Kinshasa on Wednesday, said a Reuters witness at the ..